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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Who Created this Monster?

Oct 17, 2016

Republican officials flooded out of the Trump campaign last week, after the famous tape appeared. Bragging about sexually forcing himself on women, he exposed himself for what he is. A monster.

And the Republicans didn’t know?

Of course, they knew – and not just because he leered at women on his “reality show,” The Apprentice.

He bragged about his “conquest” of various women in his book. He bragged in radio interviews.

Anyone with an eye in his head, watching The Apprentice, could have seen Trump for what he is. He denigrated people for brief moments of weakness, of humanity. He lured people onto his show, in order just to yell, “You’re fired.” With great gusto. And, of course, he denigrated women.

A monster.

But, then, the Republicans and the capitalist class they serve didn’t need to watch Trump to know that. They created this monster. NBC gave him 13 years on a national television show, time to build his brand. NBC, which for most of that time was owned by General Electric, one of the biggest companies in the world.

He was presented as a model, a brilliant businessman – this man who knew only how to skip out on the bill.

When Trump began his campaign, every media outlet gave him free time – worth 2.5 billion dollars – to vent anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist and misogynist ravings.

The worse his statement, the more the media – and not just NBC – rushed to pick it up, repeat it, then repeat it again.

The banks issued him enormous loans, even though he had a habit of declaring bankruptcy, stiffing them for the loan – and by the way claiming the loss as his own on his tax filings. Stockholders were drawn in by the aura created around him – only to lose the money they put in.

Trump may be a megalomaniac, but he didn’t create himself. The responsibility for this monster lies firmly in the backyard of the Republicans and of the capitalist class they serve. Too bad their party doesn’t implode along with him.